The largest online protest in the history of Internet is taking place today, more than one hundred sites, including the popular Wikipedia, Google and WordPress confirmed their participation in this digital blackout against the new anti-piracy laws of the USA.
Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and Protect IP Act (PIPA) will be voted on Jan 24th by the Congress in attempt to pass internet censorship in the Senate. These two laws are probably the most rejected ones by Americans citizen because some of them consider that they affect the most appreciated thing on internet, freedom.
The SOPA law attempt to close any foreign site which sells or shares pirated content from the USA, including music, films, books and every product non authorized for free distribution on the internet. The PIPA law meanwhile has its focus directly on protect Intellectual Property Act, avoiding any economic threats and thefts to creativity.
Anyway, these laws have great support from big industries like National Cable & Telecommunications Association, the National Association of Theatre Owners, Viacom, Copyright Alliance and NBC Universal, which argue that their businesses are dramatically affected by online piracy.
We will have to wait until next January 24 to see if the public opinion will have a direct influence on the fate of these laws.
Wikipedia.org – Home page Jan 18th
Google.com – Home page Jan 18th
WordPress.com – Home page Jan 18th